Man told to pay $19K in restitution for Atherton, Menlo Park crimes


James Grady, 61, of East Palo Alto, who was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison in January for charges related to a 2014 intrusion into an Atherton home and the burglary of a Menlo Park home, has been ordered by a judge to pay restitution of more than $19,000 to one of his victims, according to District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Prosecutors said Mr. Grady had dropped his cellphone and ID while being chased by police on Jan. 20, 2014, left his DNA and fingerprints at the crime scene, and was seen by a witness when he intruded into the Atherton home.

Mr. Grady had pleaded no contest to charges related to the 2014 crimes. At the time of his arrest, he had 15 prior felony convictions. He had been in prison on a previous 25-years-to-life sentence when he was released in 2003 after Californians approved changes that made the "three strikes" law more lenient.

— Barbara Wood

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Posted by Support Local Law Enforcement
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on May 4, 2015 at 2:26 pm

Three Strikes and you're..... up again next inning?

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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on May 4, 2015 at 3:05 pm

SteveC is a registered user.

yup, you got it correct.

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Posted by East of 101
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on May 6, 2015 at 10:41 am

25 years to life in Prison for burglary! Isn't that what they give murderers? I do not condone burglaries or home invasions. I would rather have my tax dollars go towards rehabilitation. You swear this guy will be able to get a job now, where is he going to get the money to pay back this restitution?

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Posted by Support Local Law Enforcement
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on May 6, 2015 at 12:41 pm

I'll bet they discovered $19,000 left over from the $62,000 in jewelry he stole earlier this year and thought it only fair that he return it: See the prior article at Web Link

I'm sure the harsh sentence has more to do with the 15 priors than with the latest two burglaries. Recidivism should certainly have severe consequences, or else we will have abrogated our obligation as a civil society to protect ourselves from perpetual predators.

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